June 2021


American Citizenship Award 2021

6/14/2021

10 of our amazing students were recipients of the American Education Awards Programs distinguished American Citizenship Award. This award honours any student who has shown active participation in community service, a positive attitude towards their community, an understanding of civic responsibility, the strength of character, or who has promoted civic values in their community.This year's deserving recipients include:" Brendan Robert Redell, Caroline Buttemere, Pelin Balaban, Mila Bileska, Alana Yakima Schoenbeck Jana Ognjanovska, Luka Pavikjevikj, Ena Pesheva, Maja Teofilovska and Sara Golakova. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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"One Minute Film & Music" - Final project in Music MYP 3 (8th grade)

6/14/2021

As a final project in the MYP Music - Unit "Music in Films", students were creating one minute films that reflect their identity, and composed original music which serves as a main expression.

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IB Files Podcasts

6/10/2021

In this episode the IB team answers the many different questions you have about the programs. (link)

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Kindergarten Class Moving Up Ceremony

6/10/2021

On June 8th we celebrated our 2020-2021 Kindergarten Class with a Moving Up Ceremony. During the ceremony, the students sang and danced and received their certificates. We congratulate their hard work and effort and wish them well as our new first grade in the next school year. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA Students organized a humanitarian race in order to support the oncology department of the Children's Clinic - In the Media

6/10/2021

               

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Update on the Covid-19 pandemic

6/4/2021

Dear NOVA community, Update as of June 4th: Per new government guidelines in regards to outdoor mask usage, the Health and Safety Committee has decided to relax mask protocols for Elementary school students, by making masks optional during recess, when students are under adult supervision. This means that when students are outside and distanced from one another, they would be able to have their masks off. Indoor mask usage requirements will remain in force, with students expected to have a mask in their possession at all times, should they be required to use it. Our current mask protocols will also remain in place for all staff and Secondary students. Update as of May 28th: The Health and Safety Committee (HSC) has been carefully tracking the current low levels of transmission and has decided to pause the administration of antigen testing for students in grades 9 through 12 until the end of this school year. The HSC is looking to provide additional policy updates as the situation changes on the ground, and most importantly in preparation for next school year.  Update as of May 21st: It has been a month and a half since we’ve seen our last covid-19 positive community case. More importantly, two months have passed since such a case has come on-campus and affected classmates, sending them into quarantine. This is another clear signal of the continually improving situation. That has been the case irrespective of the extension in the school day and the ever growing number of students attending in-person classes. We’re hopeful that, with your assistance, we will be supported in sustaining this positive momentum, going on to end the year on a positive note. Update as of May 14th: Yesterday the CDC just came out with new mask guidelines for fully immunised individuals based on most recent scientific data coming out of the US, related to their immunisation effort and current spread of the virus. Fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear a mask in either an indoor or outdoor setting, with several exceptions. These guidelines should be soon followed by specific ones related to schools. Although these developments pertain to the US, they are very much applicable to our local reality. Provided a continued robust mass immunisation campaign, coupled with the already high virus prevalence amongst the population, and no virus variants jeopardizing this progress, we could be looking at a clear exit strategy from the pandemic. Update as of May 7th: With our staff beginning to receive their second covid-19 vaccine shots, we’ve just reached another important threshold in our reopening efforts. By June over 80% of our staff would be considered fully immunised, two weeks out from their second dose, providing a more optimistic outlook on the incoming school year. At our last Health and Safety Committee meeting, the new immunisation reality and improving epidemiological conditions, were a reason to introduce a new policy related to fully vaccinated staff and students, as well as revise our current policies on travel and social gatherings, with students and staff no longer required to undergo a quarantine, but encouraged to continue exercising caution. With the everchanging pandemic landscape it is important that we also adapt as a community, and we’re happy we can begin to relax some of our stringent policies, which were initially necessary to keep our community safe. We’re happy to report that all Secondary students that are considered Covid warriors (up to 90 days from infection) will be allowed to continually come to school in both yellow and gray cohorts without the need for antigen testing. In addition, based on our BL model for 9-11 survey, a group of 40 students will also be joining us for continuous in-person classes starting from this Monday, May 10th.  In addition, we would like to confirm our Elementary School school day extension starting from Monday, May 17th. The overwhelmingly positive response to our ES parent survey, encouraged us to undertake this step before the end of the school year. Update as of April 30th:  In our efforts to consider extending the school day for our ES students, we have shared a survey with ES parents. Once we solicit interest, and provided Covid-19 numbers continue to improve, we hope to provide this school day extension starting from Monday, May 17th.   On the Secondary front, we’re also working on encouraging a greater student on-campus presence, as we believe conditions provide for it. Secondary leadership will soon be reaching out to solicit feedback by families of grade 9-11 students, who would like their children to continually come to campus, compared to families who would prefer their children remain in DL until the year’s end. Though IB exams have been cancelled for this year (May 2021), our AP students are ready to sit for their May exams (offered by the College Board, as in-person as well as digital exams). The AP Coordinator, Ms. Perunovska, and our admin team are ready to support students sitting in-person exams. We wish them excellent results, come July 2021.  Update as of April 23rd:  We’re excited about what is in store in the coming weeks and months. The warmer weather and improving epidemiological numbers would serve as the basis of having a more dynamic campus life, filled with activities and events. As more members of our community are getting immunised, including students, we’re beginning to revise our Reopening plan, to reflect this reality, with immunised members benefiting from less restrictive measures. We plan to inform you of these changes in the coming weeks, as the Health and Safety Committee begins implementing them.   Update as of April 16th:  With our sights set on next school year, we’ve reflected on the current year. It is impressive to note that to date, our Health and Safety Committee has processed more than 400 individual cases related to covid, including proximate and close contacts, positive individuals, and travel and social gathering cases; while ensuring there is limited to no impact on our community. This suggests the sheer magnitude of our efforts to keep our community safe. Parallel to this process we’re happy to report that 80% of our staff has received at least one vaccine shot, ensuring our staff is provided with another layer of protection. Update as of April 9th:  We’re currently experiencing the peak of the spring wave, with the number of cases growing at a decreasing rate. The effective reproduction number of the virus is approaching 1, meaning every infected person on average infects no more than another person. We expect that in the coming days this rate will drop below 1, with  the wave effectively rounding a corner and beginning it’s slow downward slope. Due to these factors the CMT has reached a decision to shift to distance learning for both divisions from Monday, April 12th until Wednesday, April 14th, with ES students and one cohort of SS students being invited back on campus for the blended learning model from Thursday, April 15th. More division specific details will be shared from Monday onwards. Secondary students attending on-campus classes, will need to undergo their required antigen screen testing on that Thursday, April 15th. Update as of April 2nd:  We know that many are excited about the upcoming spring break to have some time to relax, rejuvenate, and restore in order to finish the school year strong. We would ask that you take precautions in both your socializations and travel plans in order to remain safe. If you engage in either, we ask that you enter into a precautionary quarantine per our major Reopening protocols. We care about each and every one of our families and want to encourage all to be safe during this time of increasing covid numbers and variants.  The Crisis Management Team is closely watching daily infection and positivity rates, and will be sharing its decision in regards to how classes will resume after spring break. Be on the lookout for an update next Friday, April 9th.   We’re continuing the immunisation efforts for our staff and hope that families are also considering their options as vaccines become more widely available. We can all contribute to the pandemic’s outcome by doing our own part.  Update as of March 19th:  Although we’re seeing an ever increasing number of covid-19 cases, we’ve been successful at mitigating the difficulties presented, assisted by the timely and open communication from our families, the commitment of our staff and students to abide by the school’s safety protocols and the diligent work of our HSC and CMT. We do anticipate that conditions will further worsen in the coming weeks, however remain committed to keeping the school open for all grade levels, provided the government doesn’t reach a lockdown decision.  We're happy to report that we’re going to be reintroducing in-person music and art classes in the ES division, within the existing blended learning schedule. We are also planning to extend the length of the school day by an additional 40 minutes, once conditions provide for it. You can expect more information about these changes from your Elementary principal. Update as of March 12th:  Although March has given us renewed hope that we’re finally turning a corner on the pandemic, the current numbers of infections are a sobering reminder that we cannot let our guard down. We’ve witnessed minor issues relating to the strict adherence to our safety and health protocols and we must insist that we continue our cautious and dedicated approach so we can have a successful completion of the school year. We want to ensure the school remains open, welcoming students and staff on campus in the coming weeks, especially as we’re in the midst of the spring wave.  Update as of March 5th:  I’m happy to report that at this week’s Crisis Management Team meeting, it was decided to complete the school’s reopening process by welcoming grade 11 students (yellow cohort) back on campus starting this Monday, March 8, and grade 12 students (grey cohort) next Monday, March 15. Details about the re-entry protocols and procedures should have already been shared with grade 11 students and will be shared with grade 12 students prior to their return to campus. We thank everyone that reached out, and have shared their perspectives on our school reopening efforts. We fully understand the incredibly challenging times we’re living in, especially when parents try to make a decision whether to have their child(ren) return to school or remain home. These decisions are only more complicated when considering the currently worsening epidemiological situation. We however believe that this might be our remaining window of opportunity to invite our oldest learners back on campus, while making this experience meaningful for them. Decisions could be potentially reversed if conditions continue to deteriorate, or a city or country wide-lockdown is enacted.  Our current blended learning model allows for families to opt for the model they would be most comfortable with. If a student and their family feel more comfortable remaining in DL for the foreseeable future, we would keep ensuring that they feel supported and that their learning is not impacted. However we feel equally compelled to provide this opportunity for families that are eager to have their children come for some in-person learning. Update as of February 26th:  It’s been an exciting week, with the successful reintroduction of our grade 9 students. We were able to do so, at almost the one year mark from when we had initially transitioned to distance learning. Over this year we were able to learn, grow and adapt as a community, to finally welcome students back, prepared for the challenges the pandemic presented for this specific age group. We are continuing this process by extending an invitation for our grade 9 and 10 gray cohorts for this Monday, March 1st, followed by grade 11 and 12 students, a decision to be officially confirmed at our upcoming CMT meeting on Wednesday, March 3rd.  I wanted to thank our Crisis Management Team (CMT) and Health and Safety Committee (HSC) members for working tirelessly since the beginning of the pandemic to ensure we reach this threshold; supported by our administration, security, nursing, maintenance and custodian teams. Of course, none of this would have been possible without our dedicated secondary faculty rising to the occasion and again adapting to the new instructional circumstances brought forth by blended learning. They had their Elementary School colleagues to thank who had initially “broken the ice”.  Update as of February 17th:  The Crisis Management Team (CMT) made a decision on the staggered reopening of the remaining grades currently fully in distance learning (9th-12th). This coming Monday, February 22nd we’re going to be inviting the YELLOW cohort of 9th grade students back to school. The week after, Monday, March 1st, we’ll be expecting students in both the grade 9 and 10 GRAY cohort. We’re tentatively planning on bringing grade 11 students the week of March 8th-12th, with grade 12 joining them the week after starting from the week of March 15th-19th. Grade 9 students and families should expect more division specific information coming your way tomorrow, February 18th, while grade 10 students and families can expect further information on Monday, February 22nd. Please be mindful and follow carefully all stated instructions, as they would be a requirement for each and every student transitioning to blended learning. Update as of February 12th:  With a successful on-campus reintegration of students in grades 6-8, we have now shifted our focus on the Upper Secondary School reopening. Families in grades 9-12 should expect a survey on their preferred mode of learning this coming Monday, February 15th, and a Crisis Management Team decision about which grade level(s) to invite back on campus, on Wednesday, February 17th. We expect to welcome those invited from Monday, February 22nd.   The Health and Safety Committee met this Thursday, February 11th, and decided to revise the close contact quarantine policy, by requesting that students/staff who have been exposed to a positive person remain home for 14 days, and return to school without a PCR test, provided they are symptom free 24 hours before their return. Our change from the 10 days quarantine and a required PCR test, was based on recent parental requests, and in order to better align our policy with the quarantine decisions parents were being issued by the State Sanitary Health Inspectorate.   Planning for next school year is already well underway. We’re in the midst of scheduling and sectioning, and are working on our overseas recruitment for several open positions. We have also been able to finalise the academic calendar for 2021-22. You can expect more specific information relating to next year coming in March. Update as of February 5th:  Our first week of having 7th and 8th grade students back on campus was an exciting one. It was a long time in the making, but well worth the wait. We’re equally excited to see the second (yellow) cohort of grade 7 and 8 students come for their week of blended learning. The success of the reintroduction of these classes cannot be underscored, as it will be used as a necessary precondition to invite upper grade levels. Provided conditions remain as is, the CMT would soon meet to decide whether to invite higher grades back on campus. Such an invitation could occur immediately after our February break, as soon as Monday, February 22nd. A follow-up survey will be sent to parents of grade 9-12 students the week of February 15th, to assist us in making this decision. Wanted to thank the HSC and CMT representatives, as well as the 100+ parents who attended this week’s Parent town hall meeting in regards to Secondary blended learning. For the ones unable to attend, please find the video of the meeting, and a link to the actual presentation with useful summaries of our school’s safety protocols and supporting data. It was an opportunity to share our preparations for welcoming all Secondary students back on campus, but also hear recommendations on how we can improve the process.  Update as of January 29th: There has been compounding scientific evidence that our school’s gradual reopening plan is the right course of action. The US Center for Disease Control has further reiterated this message: “there is accumulating data now that with high face mask compliance, and distancing and cohorting of students to minimize the total number of contacts, we can minimize the amount of transmission in schools.” As we’re learning of new strains of the virus which might impact transmissibility, we need to double down on our safety protocols and more specifically our mask mandate. Please review our existing policy and also do take into consideration that masks with a valve, bandanas, neck gaiters and scarfs do not provide a sufficient level of protection and are not to be used. We’re going to be reminding students in the coming weeks of this expectation and at some point refuse admission on campus whenever it continues to be the case.  Update as of January 22nd: The CMT met this last Thursday, January 21st, and decided to continue its reopening efforts by inviting grades 6-8 back on campus. Grade 6 students are invited back from this coming Monday, January 25th, as they’ve already been back to campus and will immediately be ready to recommence learning. Grade 7 and 8 students will be invited to campus next week to complete their onboarding process (being introduced to safety protocols and their new schedule, pick-up required paperwork, and connect their devices to the school’s network). On Monday, February 1st they’ll commence with their blended learning schedule.  Families and students in these grades will receive more specific guidance in the coming week. Update as of December 11th: Here are  a couple of timelines and dates you should take note of: Winter break - December 21st - January 8th We have scheduled two weeks of distance learning classes following the break - January 11th-15th and January 18th-23th For a proper distance from our holiday celebrations and travel, although we encourage families to refrain from both The Crisis Management Team will decide on grade level reopenings, considering current epidemiological numbers, government approval, community feedback (surveys), and school preparedness Families will receive the updated Secondary blended schedule, based on which will begin inviting students back to campus  Start of second semester - Monday, January 25th  Update as of December 4th: The Secondary school leadership has begun working on further modifications to the Secondary blended schedule, that will allow us to slowly bring back all grade levels to campus in a cautious and controlled manner. We intend to commence this process after the two weeks of school-wide distance learning, after the winter break, at the beginning of the second semester (Monday, January 25th). The reopening pace will depend on the same criteria we’ve set out from day one: current epidemiological situation including government approval, school preparedness, and parent feedback. You should expect more details in upcoming posts especially as we near the beginning of the second semester. Update as of November 20th: Let us remind you that if you have any questions or concerns you can always direct them to the Health and Safety Committee (hsc@nova.edu.mk). We try to respond within an ambitious timeframe realizing the welfare of community members takes precedent. We’ve expanded our return to campus policy, allowing students to remain in quarantine for a total of 20 days since first contact with the infectious person, in order to come back to school without a PCR test.  In order to ensure proper ventilation of classrooms, while managing indoor air quality, we’re going to be introducing a second air purifier into classrooms, during the heating season. This will allow for windows to be open for at least 10-15 minute, at the beginning of each class. We performed an internal study on how to best manage classroom air quality, to arrive at this conclusion. This is probably the year when we need to reconsider all of our social engagements and family gatherings, as the latest wave of infections has been primarily driven by such activity. Although this might be very difficult, consider it as an investment in future such celebrations. The vaccine is here, but now the challenge remains to ensure we remain healthy until we have access to it.  Update as of November 13th: More so than covid-19 infections, staffing issues arising from precautionary quarantine, have made it very difficult to continue delivering the blended model for our grade levels on campus. Next week will be shifting temporarily to distance learning for our grade 6 students as we anticipate the return of faculty. We’re also seeing the strain placed on our Elementary teachers not just teaching their classes but providing numerous substitutions. We’re going to be introducing a schedule change for Elementary commencing from Monday, November 23rd. This will limit the specialty classes students will have in the first half of the school day to only PE/Dance, delivered in the school's auditoriums, and the rest on-line in the afternoon. The change will also shorten the transition to distance learning from home by 30 minutes starting from 1:30pm. Although this change might be disruptive, we believe it’s warranted to further enforce the bubble approach to grade level groups, in order to limit the risk of exposure to specialties who are coming in contact with multiple grade levels. Update as of November 6th: With the ever increasing number of cases in N.Macedonia, we anticipate more on campus cases. In order to sustain our efforts, we’re looking at changes to our Elementary blended learning schedule, to minimize the cross sharing of specialties amongst grade levels. You can expect information in the coming week from your division principal. These changes will have an impact on the student’s school schedule, in order to ensure we can continue with on-campus learning. We hope together with other positive developments, we would be able to extend on campus learning until winter break. We’ve gained valuable experience, that we hope to utilize for bringing Secondary students on campus down the road.  The Health and Safety Committee met this Thursday, November 5th, to reconsider changes to our close contact quarantine policy, by reducing the length of time from 14 to 10 days, based on latest research, and also introduced a new policy on air pollution and our ability to effectively ventilate classroom spaces. Update as of October 30th: As we actively manage and contact trace community cases, we regularly receive questions of what would constitute a level 3 scenario according to our covid-19 risk matrix  where the whole school would potentially go into distance learning. One such outcome would be government mandated, the other would be where we have a sufficient number cases on campus, that would severely limit the school’s ability to deliver on-campus learning due to a lack of appropriate staffing. Such quarantine decisions, impacting staffing, will always be taken with the health and wellbeing of all of our community members. If we go that route, similarly to our reopening efforts, it will be subject to a two week reassessment. Based on our most recent CMT meeting, held this Thursday, October 29th, it was decided that we will continue maintaining the grade levels we currently have on campus, and try to sustain this status quo for as long as circumstances provide for it - meaning it could be days or weeks before closing, or we could potentially reach our desired winter break threshold. Another important decision reached was that immediately after winter break, the school will return in distance learning mode for all learners, for an initial two-week period, trying to accommodate travelers and address the higher transmission risk. Whatever we attempt to accomplish it will only be possible with your continued support and full adherence to safety protocols. An important point I’ve been asked to underscore is that students should remain home even when exhibiting the slightest flu-like symptoms. Update as of October 23rd: We feel fortunate to have started the school year early, providing two months of continuous learning. The pace at which we conducted our school reopening didn’t allow us to introduce higher grade levels to campus, but these decisions were primarily driven by factors we didn’t have control over. We remain mindful of this fact, and will work hard to ensure that all grade levels are included under the blended learning model, at some point in time during the school year, provided the right conditions. Approaching the end of October, I wanted to thank you all for contributing to our reopening efforts. As of today, we’ve had minimal covid-19 exposure on campus and more importantly, the testing results from all staff and students, considered close contacts, have thus far returned negative. We have another cohort of students being tested today, and remain hopeful that these results will return negative. If that is the case, it further will reaffirm the importance of all safety protocols and policies we’ve put in place, but more importantly your commitment to abide by them. We’ve received feedback from multiple sources that the school has been highlighted as a model for how institutions should deal with a pandemic. Although challenging, I hope we can sustain this level of commitment until the end of the school year. Update as of October 16th: We’ve experienced an increase in covid-19 cases in Skopje and N. Macedonia. This week we also saw our first case of covid-19 brought on campus. After being informed of the positive PCR test, we quickly moved to implement our Scenario (Level) Four: Confirmed Case of Covid-19 on Campus. If you did not directly receive a message from the school in regards to the case and follow-up steps, it is because based on our contact tracing effort we deemed that you or your child had not had a direct contact with the infected person, and therefore there is no need for additional precautionary steps. Our commitment to privacy and confidentiality will remain, as this is a private matter for affected parties. We ask that you assist us in upholding these expectations.This exercise has so far taught us that we’ve done well as a school. Advance planning as well as the safety measures and health protocols in place have served us well. This has reinforced the need we continue on our chartered course. Although we can hope for no new infections, they’re likely to emerge, so our ability to identify them early and follow through on policy will be key in our ability to continue on-campus learning. This is only possible if we have your full cooperation. We can only react once we’ve been timely and appropriately informed. Without your assistance our efforts as a school would have a minimal effect at best.   Our most recent CMT meeting was held this Wednesday (October 14th), where we considered our future reopening efforts. In light of recent developments, it was decided that we cannot introduce any new grade levels on campus. We will again reassess this decision in a two-week interval. Please note that this process is not one directional and can potentially be reversed. We’ve also received word from relevant authorities that should the epidemiological situation continue to deteriorate, schools might be mandated to close. We’re closely monitoring all relevant data and will inform you accordingly of any new developments.  Update as of October 9th: The successful return of our sixth graders was this week’s highlight. It was the first cohort of Secondary students on campus, allowing us to put in action the division’s blended schedule, and address any shortcomings. Implementing a new schedule, a combination of the normal and distance learning scenarios, is a complex undertaking. The schedule will continue being a work in progress. We welcome your input, and will try to give it our due consideration as we try to improve the overall blended learning experience.  We received positive parental feedback (125 respondents on the survey) on the first month of learning in the Elementary division. The survey reported that 98% of children are feeling happy at school, 97% of parents are comfortable with the health and safety measures the school has undertaken, and over 80% of parents are satisfied with the distance learning support their children at home have received. Feedback on our new on-line applications and tools was still reserved, with 40% of parents feeling it’s still too early to report on their roll-out. 80% of parents are happy with the amount of information shared by the school, while the rest feel there is an information overload.  Update as of October 2nd: Our return to school after traveling policy, part of the Reopening plan has been subject to discussion as it has impacted students whose parents are traveling. We understand that it has complicated matters, and limited students' time on campus. As we’ve stated all along we have adopted a conservative approach, but are continually looking to revise policy in light of latest best-practices and new findings/research related to the pandemic.The Health and Safety Committee will be meeting next week to look at how we can potentially revise our current travel policy to make it more friendly, while ensuring this change doesn’t significantly impact the safety and wellbeing of our community. We’ve adopted this approach to our whole reopening efforts, and will continually look for potential improvements.  Update as of September 25th: The CMT met this Wednesday, September 23rd, and considered the school’s continued reopening efforts. As in past meetings, we looked at the parent survey feedback for grades 6, 7 and 8 (18% of respondents were not willing to send their children to school, with higher grade levels having a higher percentage of reserved parents); the current local epidemiological situation, and our school's preparedness in welcoming this cohort of students back to campus. The consensus was that we are ready to welcome grade 6 students starting from Monday, October 5th, provided we don’t have a deterioration in the epidemiological situation or potentially a local community transmission. Once we have successfully integrated grade 6 students, we will consider higher grade levels. It’s important to stress that at this pace, it’s going to take some time before we can include high school students under the blended learning model. Our intention is to ultimately make the effort to bring them too on campus. In the meantime, we’re going to continue having a variety of opportunities that would ensure they have an on campus experience.  Update as of September 18th: We are happy to report at the end of another successful week. We were finally able to welcome our grade 4 and 5 learners, and with that have all of our Elementary students on campus, an important achievement. We’re now setting our focus on the Secondary division. By the end of next week you can expect a decision by the Crisis Management Team in regards to bringing grades 6 through 8 on campus. In the meantime, we will continue our distance learning support for Elementary School students that have remained home, and the whole grade 6-12 cohort. We’ve already began collecting feedback as to how our first three weeks of learning have gone, in the hopes we can learn and adapt. Should you receive a survey request, please make sure you respond, so your feedback is taken into consideration. On the Elementary School side, our arrival and dismissal procedures have proven very effective. We can report that families have followed through on our screening requirements, and students on campus on safety protocols. This has allowed teachers to direct their primary focus on learning, instead of enforcing protocols.  In the Secondary School the advisory support at the beginning of the day has served as an anchor to a student's day. We just had our first Community meet to underscore this important role for grades 6-8, helping parents understand how they can better utilize this important resource. This last Wednesday’s Community day was all about movement - celebrating a heart/mind connection, in line with our mission statement. On the following link you can see how the day unfolded. Starting from next week, we’re excited to introduce our Math Enrichment classes, to further build on student numeracy skills. Update as of September 4th: Our initial plan for inviting PreK 3 – grade 5 students back to campus, was stalled due to new Government regulations and approvals. Yesterday we hosted representatives from the newly formed Commission on the reopening of schools, who toured our facilities and verified our overall preparedness. We received very positive feedback, and were complemented on the work we’ve done to ensure we can reopen safely for our students. Today in the afternoon hours we received our second formal approval. Based on this outcome, we are going to be welcoming our PreK3, PreK4 and K grade students on campus from Wednesday, September 9th, and plan to welcome our grade 4 and 5 students on campus from Monday, September 14th. Once we reach these reopening thresholds, we will begin to consider including higher grade levels. We will make every effort to provide you with a timely notification of these decisions. Update as of August 28th: On August 27th, in the evening hours, we were contacted by a high representative of the Ministry of Education in regards to our issued Government approval from August 20th for the reopening of our school for face-to-face instruction for all grade levels (original Macedonian version and translated English version). We were informed that a new decision-making body, a Commission for the review of reopening requests for schools has been formed by the Government with ultimate oversight. The Commission was formed at the Government’s last session on Wednesday, August 26th (the official decision in Macedonian and English). According to the Ministry representative the creation of this new decision-making body had in effect voided the previous Government approval, for any grade levels outside of grades 1-3, and that we as a school are required to submit an additional request for the reopening of all other grade levels, subject to a new review at an upcoming session of this newly formed Commission.    In light of the new circumstances, the CMT held an emergency meeting and decided to proceed with the reopening for grades 1,2,3 only, while seeking a second Government approval for all other grade levels. Although we were provided a verbal promise of a date, we are deciding not to make time predictions as to when this decision will be reached but to duly inform you once we have it in our possession. We hope it would be a matter of days versus weeks. We therefore will only be able to welcome students from grades 1-3 starting from August 31st. We’re also proceeding with student orientations as originally planned for our Secondary students, as this doesn’t constitute an actual commencement of school.   Update as of August 21st: We are happy to report that the Government has reached a decision in regards to public schools’ reopening, and we’ve also received our formal reopening approval, independently of the public school system. We’ve also processed the parent and staff survey results, are completing our staff PCR testing, and have held our Crisis Management Team (CMT) meeting today, in which we formalized our initial school reopening model. Provided the current epidemiological situation, the Government's decision on school reopening, and our own school preparedness, we will commence the school year under the following models:  Early Education Center and Elementary School (grades Pk3-5) under the blended learning model, with an opportunity for distance learning for families not yet in Skopje or not ready to send their children to school Secondary School (grades 6-12) under the distance learning model  As a CMT we would have a two-week revision cycle of this decision. In case of no local school transmission of the virus, and an improved local epidemiological situation, we will consider including more grade levels under the blended learning model. Should there be a worsening of the epidemiological situation, or local school transmission, we would consider reducing the number of grade levels allowed on campus under the blended learning or potentially have the whole school switch to distance learning. We would then again assess the situation in a two-week period, deciding how to proceed. Update as of August 13th:  The decision for reopening is based on our decision matrix, currently at medium risk, taking into account the following three important conditions: the current epidemiological situation our community’s view on reopening (families and staff) and the formal decision and approval for reopening by authorities Our epidemiological situation has remained relatively stable over the last couple of weeks. Our reopening parent survey returned results where 20% of our families were hesitant about having their children return for on-campus learning, and 10% of families were unable to return in time for the school’s commencement on August 24th. We are also in anticipation of the decisions and approval by the Government in regards to reopening. As of today this has not happened. In conclusion, the Crisis Management Team (CMT) at the meeting on August 13th, decided to delay the school's reopening for a week, with the school year starting from Monday, August 31st.  We remain optimistic about our ability to reopen in the blended learning setting for at least some of our students. However, NOVA's CMT has decided to postpone the final determination on the commencement of the blended learning model. We have determined the further need to base our decision on the input of the full NOVA parent and faculty/staff community, as well as to await for a formal decision by the Government in regards to NOVA’s Reopening plan and the public schools’ reopening. What we can say with certainty at this point is that we plan to bring students to campus to introduce them to the new protocols, beginning on Monday August 31st and continuing to September 2nd. In anticipation of the decision, each division has determined a course of action to introduce the new safety protocols to students under carefully controlled conditions. We plan to lead the students through all of the new safety procedures, while also providing an opportunity for students to re/connect with their school and classmates. These connections will be especially important for our first-time NOVA students.

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Personal Project Introduction

6/1/2021

This is your chance to demonstrate the skills you have developed in the MYP, through all of your subjects and the Approaches to Learning (ATL), and to apply these skills to a topic of your choosing. This project should be based on strong personal interests and talents, resulting in a product or outcome which will be assessed through a report.

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Grade 5 preparations for Moving up Ceremony

6/1/2021

NOVA Grade 5 students prepare for the Moving up Ceremony. Watch out Middle school here they come. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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May 2021


IB Files Podcasts

5/28/2021

In this episode the IB team explores the importance of academic honesty in the programs. They discuss how students are supported in achieving the highest levels of integrity as well as the potential consequences from not just NOVA but the IB itself. (link)

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NOVA Family Bazaar 2021 - Nova Families Make a Difference

5/27/2021

Each year a beneficiary is chosen for the proceeds from the Family Bazaar. Last year, we made a difference at Idnina, a local school for children with disabilities. This year with the environmental theme, we invite Nova families to make a difference in the environment by donating funds towards the purchase of additional waste and recycling bins, large and small, to be placed near NOVA’s campus. Donations will be accepted ONLINE( shorturl.at/fgqL7 ) through Nova’s website until June 5th (World Environment Day), and on-campus at the PTA table from May 31st - June 4th

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NOVA students foray into the world of criminal jurisprudence

5/22/2021

NOVA students competed in the semi-finals in the 2021 European Moot Court. Thirteen schools representing 8 countries competed over a weeklong online competition, ending on May 21st. The NOVA team, represented by Sara Golakova (11), Marko Kovacevic (11), Luka Pavikjevikj (10), Marko Popov (11), and Lucas Vassallo (11), functioned as legal counsel for the defence and prosecution teams in a fictive case. The NOVA team battled it out across seven mock trials, stopping just short of the finals. The team's first experience with mooting was a resounding success, with every team member developing from novices to highly competent competitors over the many weeks of preparation and in the heat of the tournament itself. Moot Court Europe is organized and run by esteemed legal experts, including legal experts with direct experience advising the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia during the trial of Slobodan Milosevic and Ratko Mladic, as well as University Professors with extensive experience in European law.

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Alumni Talks: Lura & Jana

5/21/2021

Lura Pollozhani is a PhD candidate on Law and Politics at the University of Graz, researching citizenship practices in divided societies through social movements. The interview was led by Jana Hristova, Grade 11 student at NOVA and president of the Student Council.

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Vardar clean-up activity

5/21/2021

In collaboration with the PTA, NOVA students Ena and Cezara invite you to join them in a Vardar clean-up activity. The invitation is open to all NOVA students, parents, faculty and staff so we can make a change together. The event will take place on Saturday (May 22th) at 11:30 in front of Aleksandar Palace (the main entrance).We will be providing all of the equipment for cleaning, you're only required to wear your mask.

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NOVA Students celebrated the Day of Macedonian Language

5/18/2021

6-8 grade students recited and reflected on different aspects of Macedonian literature and authors in order to mark Macedonian Language Day. They paid tribute to Blaze Koneski’s contribution to the standardization of the Macedonian language by reciting his poetry. Additionally they performed parts of the plays ‘’Begalka’’ and ‘’Pecalbari’’, which reflect life in rural Macedonia in the first half of the 20th century, with a particular reflection on the cultural and socio-economic aspects of life. We’re proud of our students efforts in this challenging yet beautiful project.

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Graduating Class 2021

5/18/2021

Our entire community is very proud of you. Congratulations!

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International Jazz Day Concert @ NOVA with "Golden Oryx Jazz Quartet"

5/11/2021

We’re thrilled to announce that this year's International Jazz Day Concert will be aired on NASA TV this Wednesday, May 12th, from 10:00 PM and will be rebroadcasted on Thursday 13th of May, from 10:00 PM, Saturday 15th of May from 6:00 pm and on Sunday 16th of May from 6:00 PM. Let your friends and family know so they can watch this amazing performance.

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World Red Cross Day @ NOVA

5/8/2021

On World Red Cross Day, people pay tribute to this humanitarian agency for its contribution to helping people in need. The 2021 World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day theme is 'Unstoppable'. Unstoppable is one word, to express Lana’s dedication of making sure that marginalized groups are provided with warm clothes. Over the last two weeks through her initiative Spring Cleanout, with the support of NOVA students and staff, Lana collected more than 30 bags of clothes. The donation was picked-up by the Red Cross Skopje.   

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Unlock yourself - SS Students Drama Performance on Nasha TV

5/7/2021

We’re thrilled to announce that Unlock yourself - SS Students Drama Performance will be aired on Nasha TV this Saturday, May 6th, from 8:00 PM and will be rebroadcasted on the 9th of May, from 3:00 PM. Let your friends and family know so they can watch this amazing performance.

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MYP Resources

5/6/2021

The MYP aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help create or shape a more peaceful environment through intercultural understanding and respect. Hear NOVA’s Head Resource Specialist Ms. Kay Shih-Ju Lin discuss how MYP libraries and librarians offer students the resources and support on their learning journey to become balanced and responsible global citizens.

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A Macedonian Time Capsule Comes to NOVA

5/5/2021

Exhibition of old Macedonian, traditional objects and antiques: Students will have the opportunity to see what items were used in the past, while learning more about their interesting names and purpose. During the exhibition, the students will have the chance to see the objects they have read about during the work of the Macedonian plays ‘’Begalka’’ by Vasil Iljoski and ‘’Migrant Workers’’ Anton Panov. The exhibition will be displayed in the lobby at the entrance at ES, from Thursday, April 29 to Friday, May 7. Check out the photo gallery from the exhibition here

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MYP 3 Dance Interpretation 8-2

5/4/2021

NOVA MYP 3 Dance students gained a full understanding of what Interpretation means by learning Hip Hop Lyrical dance. Students learned how to create brief dance sequences and how to connect the sequences into one original piece of choreography. Students faced many challenges in interpreting the song and planning a choreography as the unit was taught primarily online. This presented an added challenge as they learned new skills in collaboration and cooperation. In the end, their interpretation of the different songs was unique and in some ways more meaningful for their challenges. They used their skills in dance, their creativity, and their passion to produce a stellar video with the guidance of their teacher.

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International Jazz Day @ NOVA with "Golden Oryx Jazz Quartet"

5/4/2021

This year, NOVA International Schools marked the International Jazz Day with performances of the exceptional young artists: Ivan Petrovski - Guitar, Filip Dimishkovski - Piano, Andrea Mircheska - Double bass and vocal, and Viktor Filipovski - Drums. International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact; raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding, and reinforce international cooperation and communication.

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NOVA Faculty and Staff Trail hike

5/1/2021

On Wednesday an enthusiastic group of teachers set out to hike up Vodno from the village of Nerezi. The ultimate destination was the Millenium cross. While the weather did not work in their favour, they ultimately reached their destination in high spirits. Colleagues walked, talked and laughed, while socializing amongst each other, getting to know some they had never met in person before. It was a successful hike in very good company, an activity we hope to repeat again soon. Check out the photo gallery from the hike here

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April 2021


International Jazz Day at NOVA with "Golden Oryx Jazz Quartet"

4/30/2021

This year, NOVA International Schools will mark the International Jazz Day with performances of the exceptional young artists: Ivan Petrovski - Guitar, Filip Dimishkovski - Piano, Andrea Mircheska - Double bass and vocal, and Viktor Filipovski - Drums. International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact; raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding, and reinforce international cooperation and communication. The event will be live-streamed on the NOVA International Schools Facebook page, and Skopje Jazz Festival. More information about the event on the following link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1178054842632827 Posted by NOVA International Schools on Thursday, April 29, 2021  

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Middle School Knowledge Bowl Tournament

4/27/2021

Last weekend, the Middle School Knowledge Bowl Tournament took place. Both NOVA teams dominated the competition, and qualified for the quarter-finals!! All students demonstrated wonderful behavior and team spirit. While Nova 1 team entered the finals and won second place, four of our players competed in the individual round competitions. Adam, Petar, and Kyan entered the finals, and Kyan Azgour won second place.We are extremely proud of all our MS KB players for their excellent code of conduct, teamwork, and spirit. Congratulations to all! Check out the photo gallery from the tournament here

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Youth Civic Engagement Award

4/26/2021

NOVA’s student Jana is a young activist that introduced and co-coordinated the initiative called: “Un-lockDown: Zoom from your room and write on the site”, aimed at helping people with Down syndrome connect during prolonged periods of lockdown. In addition to co-organizing and taking part in the calls, Jana co-created and now regularly updates a website called “Nasha strana” (“Our Page”). The content on the website is easy-to-read, drawing on the needs and interests of people with Down syndrome, something that was lacking in North Macedonia. Jana also encouraged her high school peers to take part in a “21-Day Challenge” to raise awareness on Down syndrome and published their contribution on the site. The positive impact of Jana’s initiative was showcased via video at this year’s World Down Syndrome Day conference in the United Nations. Through the initiative, Jana has managed to address some of the mental health challenges of people with Down syndrome caused by school closures, shift to online learning and fewer opportunities to meet and socialize in person. Jana enabled people to connect and share, without compromising their safety and wellbeing. https://www.surveylegend.com/survey/?fbclid=IwAR1vWk0naQiiiAUuRO_hWJ_8kIkLgzWMflqqvfmq0Oi90qm-1fShgNds9hI#/d29yZHByZXNzMTE2Mzk0~-MYB1zcbTW2TP4UD2w2N 

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Math CEESA competition 2021

4/26/2021

NOVA’s HS math club managed to work with full steam and dedication in the past 3 months with 20 mathletes on our team.At the end of this Math season as a school we participated in both team and individual CEESA Math Competition for juniors (grade 9, 10) and seniors (grades 11, 12). The contest had 3 different parts played in 3 days, online and live at school, and after the results were added, multiplied, averaged... our junior and senior team managed to win 4th and 3rd place respectively. Congratulations! Check out the photo gallery from the tournament here

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SUPERNOVA athletics

4/24/2021

The SUPERNOVA spring athletic season started with the first meetings for our swimming, soccer, tennis and cross country teams. Our secondary school students used the warm weather to enjoy the training sessions organized by our enthusiastic coaches. We are looking forward to continuing with our season and inviting all interested students to join us and our teams. Check out the photo gallery from the activities here

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Online conference on Women Leadership

4/23/2021

This Wednesday, an online conference on Women Leadership was organized by a Nova student, Ana Krckoska. The participants of this conference were able to hear remarkable and encouraging stories that hopefully motivated them to pursue their goals in their own terms. Through the discussion we were able to hear about the societal challenges for women in advancing the professional sector and how to create networks of support.

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Gorjan Petrevski, a recognized Macedonian writer visited NOVA

4/23/2021

Gorjan Petrevski, a recognized Macedonian writer visited NOVA in order to unveil children's secrets, to tell about the fragile feelings experienced in adolescence, and take readers on a journey through their own childhood. We had the pleasure of welcoming Gorjan to a lecture for our grade 5-7 students, where he discussed the themes and characters from his most popular novels and the inspirations behind them. It was a beautiful journey through the books of Marta, Spomenka, etc. Chech out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA Alumna Erlin and NOVA student Adora Limani

4/23/2021

NOVA Alumna Erlin is a PhD candidate in political science and an aid worker. Her research interest is in policy-making in complex humanitarian settings. Erlin as a cofounder of Stella Network a mentorship network believes that women who help and support each other will benefit not only women but also societies at large. That is why it was a perfect match for NOVA’s founder of the first Feminist club, Adora Limani to conduct this interview. You can find it on our YouTube Channel. Enjoy!

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Community Meet #9 Macedonian Language and Literature

4/21/2021

Enjoy the first Community meet dedicated to Macedonian language and literature. During the first week of May, NOVA will be holding a festival titled Days of the Macedonian Language. Hear how two of our Macedonian language teachers, Ms.Biljana and Ms.Lidija emphasize the importance of nurturing your mother tongue and share thoughtful activities planned for the next period related to celebrating the Macedonian language.

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PreK- Visit to the ZOO

4/21/2021

What is a better way to learn about animals, than going to the Zoo? Pre-K had a wonderful experience observing and learning interesting facts about penguins, flamingos, lions. We learned what is the difference between crocodiles and alligators (the proof is in the teeth), African and Indian elephants (hint: look at the ears) and how snakes smell food (plot twist: they use their tongues). The hippo was having a bath, and the tiger was having his nap. It was a wonderful adventure, and we hope to go on many more soon. Check out the photo gallery fromn the visit here

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IB Files Podcasts

4/21/2021

The third episode of our podcast IB Files is out. Following its international standards for learning, the IB has ushered in a certain mystery around students not using textbooks. Hear how our IB team addresses any misconceptions you may have. (link)

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Evening of Classical Music

4/20/2021

We are delighted to announce that this year marks the 10th anniversary of our Music department’s favourite event, the Evening of Classical Music. This happening has been inspiring our students and has been recognized and enjoyed by the whole NOVA community. We are looking forward to celebrating together with our first big jubilee with an online premiere on April 20th, at 6pm. We hope and believe that this will be our second and last edition to be held virtually.

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Online Conference "Women Leaders with Successful Careers''

4/19/2021

NOVA student Ana Krckoska is organizing an online conference called, Women Leadership with the subtopic "Women Leaders with Successful Careers''. The event will take place on the 21st of April (Wednesday), from 12 pm until 2 pm and will include multiple speakers sharing their empowering stories. The main goal of this event is to motivate young women to follow their dreams and to learn by hearing the educational and professional pathways of successful women. *it is open for NOVA students and faculty* 

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'Spring Closet Clean Out'

4/19/2021

As we welcome spring, clearing out our wardrobes is an activity each of us partakes in, to get ready for the upcoming warm weather. Often, we find ourselves with not enough space for new clothing items, or digging up garments we know we won't be wearing in the future. In these situations, getting rid of the excess clothes would be the logical solution. Yet, choosing the right way to dispose of them can make a great difference.The 'Spring Closet Clean Out' will help you make the right decision. During the following two weeks, from 19th April (Monday) until 3rd May (Monday) we call upon NOVA students, faculty and staff to clean out your closet for spring time and help the community and the environment, by donating your unneeded clothes to those in need (with the help of The Red Cross), instead of leaving them to end up in landfills. The choice is yours to make.If you want to join NOVA student Lana Mladenovikj in this activity from which you too will benefit, bring your spare clothes and/or shoes (in good condition) to school and leave them in the box at the: HS Auditorium, HS Security Desk any day from 19th April until 3rd May.*Any type of clothing of any size (for adults/children) is welcome. Please make sure the clothes are in suitable condition for wearing.

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9-ТА КОНФЕРЕНЦИЈА ЗА ПРОФЕСИОНАЛНА ОРИЕНТАЦИЈА "Мојата иднина, моја одлука”

4/19/2021

Ротари клубот Скопје Камен Мост по деветти пат ја организира Ротари конференцијата за професионална ориентација наменет за средношколците од земјава. Во понеделник, на 19 ти април, виртуелно преку платформата ZOOM, како последица на пандемијата на Covid 19 вирусот, со почеток од 19:00 до 21:00 часот, традиционално по деветти пат, ќе се одржи конференцијата за професионална ориентација на млади, оваа година под мотото "Мојата иднина, моја одлука”. Настанот е во организација на „Ротари клубот Скопје Камен Мост“ и има за цел да ги насочи своите активности кон поддршка на младите и талентирани луѓе во мисијата за остварување на нивниот целосен потенцијал и остварување на нивна успешна идна професионална кариера. За времетраење на настанот членовите на Ротари клубот Скопје Камен Мост ќе го споделат сопственото искуство од својата професија, а истото ќе го сторат и неколку еминентни гости говорници, на средношколците од цела Македонија, сè со цел да им се помогне во нивниот избор на идна професионална кариера. Учениците ќе може да се регистрираат преку следниот линк: https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLSf.../viewform ПРОГРАМА НА 9 ТА КОНФЕРЕНЦИЈА ЗА ПРОФЕСИОНАЛНА ОРИЕНТАЦИЈА 19:00 – 20:00 Oтварање на конференцијата и пленарна сесија м-р Марта Наумовска Грнарова, Претседател на Ротари Клубот Камен Мост Скопје Проф. д-р Александра Грозданова , Фармацевтски факултет при УКИМ и Претседател на Националниот комитет за имунизација на РСМ Д-р доц. Самоил Самак, Доктор по технички науки и Генерален Директор на Микросам Влатко Стефановски, Композитор и музичар ZOOM линк: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83721756940 20:00 – 20:15 Кратка пауза, подготовка за break-out сесија 20:15-21:00 Break-out сесии во мали групи (преку платформата ZOOM)* ПРОФЕСИОНАЛНИ ОБЛАСТИ ГРУПА 1 - Економија, Финансии и ПравоZOOM линк: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83003038496... ГРУПА 2 - Креативен маркетинг и комуникации, Нови медиуми и дизајн , КнижевностZOOM линк: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88580581324 ГРУПА 3 - Meдицина, Стоматологија и ФармацијаZOOM линк: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88071678154 ГРУПА 4 – STEM : Инженерсво , Нови технологии, IT, Градежништво, АрхитектураZOOM линк: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88135690110... Сите учесници ќе мора да ја симнат ZOOM апликацијата на своите компјутери или мобилни уреди: https://zoom.us/download. Информации за користење и логирање на апликацијата, ќе бидат испратени на секој пријавен учесник одделно по електронска пошта. * Говорниците се членови на Ротари клубот Скопје Камен Мост

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Unlock yourself - Secondary School Students Drama Performance

4/14/2021

In the past period, seven of our students have shared their creative writing with us.In addition to their artistic, written texts, many of them showed a willingness to defend their texts through acting. We worked painstakingly, through both online and on-campus rehearsals, despite all of our other school obligations. On those days, when the fuss ended, the silence patiently waited for us to fulfil it with our art. In this performance, you will witness how seven of our students felt during this pandemic. You will experience the emotions they chose to share with you through a creative prism. These are our drama talents and our video drama project: Unlock yourself Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/829101204616464

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AlumniTalks - Elena & Galena

4/7/2021

Dear Nova community, today we share with you the seventh episode from our AlumniTalks video chats. The idea behind this project is to provide a platform for discussions between our student and alumni community. In this episode we are focusing on the education and career path of Elena Gagovska, who studied at Bard College Berlin. 

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Spark of Hope Spring Workshop!

4/6/2021

Last week, NOVA’s social club, called Spark of hope, successfully held their first event where together with an amazing group of students, they created 52 cards.These cards were filled with love, positive messages and happy drawings. They will be sent out to “SOS Detsko Selo” and given to all of the children there. We hope that they will make someone’s day better with this act of kindness!  

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"Golden Oryx Jazz Quartet" at NOVA's International Jazz Day, 30th of April

4/3/2021

International Jazz Day was adopted by the United Nations and UNESCO in 2012 to promote music, culture and in particular, jazz music, as a tool to inspire peaceful cooperation and partnership amongst communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts across the globe. One of the goals of JazzDay is to encourage local celebrations of jazz, and to raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding, and to reinforce international communication and cooperation. This year, NOVA International Schools will mark the International JazzDay2021 with a performance of the exceptional young artists, laureats of the award "Golden Oryx" which our renowned Skopje Jazz Festival gives to local young jazz musicians. Performing for the first time as "Golden Oryx Jazz Quartet" for NOVA's International Jazz Day, we present you: Viktor Filipovski - drums, Filip Dimishkovski - piano, Andrea Mircheska - double-bass and vocal, and Ivan Petrovski - guitar. https://jazzday.com/?event-country=macedonia&event-year=2021

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ES Spring Festival at NOVA

4/1/2021

Spring is here, which means warmer, sunnier days are ahead! In celebration of spring, the PTA is organizing a Spring Festival for Elementary Students on Thursday, April 1st. The event will be held during school hours and all safety protocols will be followed. DL students are also encouraged to participate in other activities.

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Donation to Reception Centre for Asylum Seekers

4/1/2021

In a recent activity organized together with the students from NOVA International Schools in Skopje, the NOVA community made a kind donation of items that will add to the free activities of the children living in the Vizbegovo Reception Centre for Asylum Seekers. Here’s what the children had to say about the activity:“Your visit filled our hearts. Your gifts enriched our classroom so now we study and have a corner for our free activities. In Macedonia there are many kind and humane people – even small kids are big persons with big hearts. Thank you for everything and we hope to see you again.”

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ES Spring Festival at NOVA

4/1/2021

NOVA Elementary Students enjoyed spring games and treats today supported by our PTA. Everyone was either dressed in a spring motif, or they had costumes to celebrate April Fool's Day. We want to thank our PTA for their organization of this festival and also the parent volunteers who took time out of their day to support this fun event. Thank you to parents who also donated to the event which helped the PTA to give treats to every student and teacher involved. For the games and photos, safety protocols were followed.  Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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